Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Afternoon Tea—not something Geneviève had encountered before—was a delight, with the girls' best porcelain, good tea just arrived from Ceylon, or so the merchant had assured Stella, "and a merchant's word is his bond, but being spoken verbally, can't be regarded as binding in a court of law," and Geneviève smiled indulgently at the pleonasm, while simultaneously reprimanding herself, with the instruction that she - a Frenchwoman - was in no position to judge the idiosyncracies of English syntax, for she had learned the language from les immortels of Académie française whereas Stella and Fanny were born into it and had no doubt that a modern scholar would find the colloquial Latin of Ancient Rome rather lacking in education and discipline; the cakes, which Fanny had baked straight after lunch, were delicious and she explained that she and Stella kept a special box, which they were in the habit of imbursing whenever they had any small change in their own purses and so, whenever there was occasion for a special treat—and today was obviously such an occasion—they could purchase extra, or better than usual, ingredients and Geneviève confessed that she could not bake to save her life, although she could cook—after a fashion—and promised to take a turn in their kitchen and produce a Nepalese dish she had first encountered on the snowy slopes of Mount Everest, during an expedition with a party of French soldiers and scientists, which made her hostesses quite round-eyed and they plied her with all sorts of questions about how high she had climbed, whether she had slept in a tent, how she could safely preserve her modesty in the company of such a party of men, and she advised them that it was always best to adopt the persona of a wallydraigle—lazy, slovenly, hard-drinking, foul-mouthed and as unfeminine as possible—for in her experience, few men are attracted to a woman who can belch or fart like the worst of them! which sent them into near-hysterics and soon they were as close as three sisters and it had been settled that she would move into their spare room, "toot sweet!" said Fanny with a great broad grin.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, April 02, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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